With restaurants open in Ventura, Southern California’s retail economy starts cautious return

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At the Busy Bee Cafe along Main Street in downtown Ventura, Bryson Finger serves coffee to Jeric Gambon, 24, as he enjoys breakfast May 21, 2020.(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

At the Busy Bee Cafe along Main Street in downtown Ventura, Bryson Finger serves coffee to Jeric Gambon, 24, as he enjoys breakfast May 21, 2020.(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Linda Sims tucked into a booth across from her husband Anson Saturday in the back of the Busy Bee Café in downtown Ventura.

Her first decision took some judgment: entering a restaurant for the first time since the coronavirus stay-at-home order was imposed. The second decision was easier: getting the pancakes.

“We come here every Fourth of July,” she said of the 1950s-style diner. “And this is where we always have breakfast.”

The Simses, who wore face masks while waiting on the sidewalk for a table, said they know there’s a risk in reopening now, but it has to happen sometime.

Read the full story at LATimes.com.

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